William and Debra (Hunt) Nace

‒ February 03, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

William Scott Nace, 55, and Debra Anne (Hunt) Nace, 47, both of Delaware, Ohio passed away unexpectedly February 3, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Somerset County, PA.

Scott and Debra met on RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) and were married on April 1, 2000 and were incredibly kind, generous and well respected. They would have celebrated 18 years of marriage together on April 1, 2018. Their love for life and each other was matched only by their selflessness in helping others. Their joy was contagious and their sense of humor was sure to brighten your day. Supportive and with a strong work ethic, family always came first. Scott and Debra also shared a love for Hershey’s Kisses, Girl Scout cookies and spending time outdoors.

Scott was born May 19, 1962 in Lansdale, PA. He attended North Penn High School and enjoyed playing his trombone in the drum & bugle core, cooking, traveling, and cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Scott also had a passion for biking and rode for miles and miles. Scott was currently working for Whiteside Manufacturing.

Debra was born September 23, 1970 in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from West Des Moines Valley High School. Very athletic, she enjoyed running track and playing basketball and volleyball. She also graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Agronomy and French. After graduating, she served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa. Having a passion for soil conservation, Debra worked for the USDA NRCS in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and more recently Ohio. Just recently, she served a 45 day stint with FEMA in the Puerto Rico Recovery stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. She was a co-leader with the Girl Scouts, member of the Women’s City Club and active in her church.

Scott and Debra are survived by their children, Bowen and Hannah.

Scott is also survived by his parents, David and Audrey Nace; siblings, Connie (Curt) Reid, John Nace and Amy (Dave) Gerhart; nephews, Josiah and Asher Gerhart; niece, Annie Gerhart.

Debra is also survived by her parents, Donald and Judith Hunt; sister, Deann Hunt; brother, Shawn (Rebecca) Hunt; niece, Evelyn Hunt; nephew, Jonah Donald Hunt.

Celebration of life services for Scott and Debra will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Highpoint Nazarene Church, 795 Pollock Rd. Delaware, OH 43015. Following the service, there will be a time to gather and share remembrances. All are welcome.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware, Ohio is assisting the family locally.

To share a fond memory of Scott and Debra or to offer a condolence to their families, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Dear family,
    I knew Deb because I used to work with her mom, Judy at the Surgery Center. You are in my prayers and want you to know that we are thinking of you all of the time. What a tragic accident! It is good that we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I am sure that you have great memories that will help you in the days to come but not necessarily at this time. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand.
    Jane Ferguson

  • Dear family,

    I only knew Deb for a short period of time as we served together with FEMA this past fall during the Puerto Rico Recovery. I loved getting to know her! She was such a warm, caring, and loving person who loved life, loved her family, and loved the Lord immensely. She had such wonderful stories about life and her family. She left me feeling like I had known her my entire life and I was looking forward to continuing our friendship. There aren’t words that I can say to decrease the emotions or grief that you all are experiencing but I will say that she left a legacy and she will be greatly missed. I’m praying for your comfort and peace daily and hope that your memories with both Deb and Scott will give you comfort during this difficult time. I look forward to the day when I get to see her again in heaven! Please know that you all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. Please let me know if there is any way that I can further assist or support your family.

  • Bowen, Hannah and family,

    Scott and Deb were great neighbors. They were always ready to lend a hand whenever we needed anything. Your parents absolutely adored you! Deb, mom and I would spend many evenings “solving world problems”, together. Deb was passionate about many things…and one thing we shared was our love for flowers and plants. I would mention splitting my perennials, and Deb would come over” lickity split”, to take anything I was ready to share. Mom always got the first strawberry, tomato and eggplant from Deb’s garden. She was so proud of her expanding backyard gardens.
    We will continue to pray for you and your family. Lean on God, He will give you comfort. This bible passage is of great comfort to me: Romans 8:28 For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His Purpose.

  • Dear family,
    We are grateful to have come to know the Nace family at First Baptist Church.
    Scott and Debra had beautiful smiles and always wanted to help others.
    We know how proud they were of Hannah and Bowen.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this sad and difficult time.

  • Bowen and Hannah,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your parents. Having gotten to know you and your family in Idaho with Cub Scout Pack 6, we know it is a great loss of two awesome people who had a deep love and compassion for their fellow man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • How well I remember the day that Scott and Deb walked through the doors of First Baptist Church in Lancaster carrying baby Bowen. Their love and energy was so evident and we loved them right back. They became a part of our family. Hannah came along and we saw her briefly before the job called the family to move away.

    It was such joy to enter the sanctuary when they returned for visits. Deb, with her tremendous smile, would wrap me in her arms and call my name and then swing me around like I was a little child! Scott would stand by and smile and be ready to talk for a bit. Bowen and Hannah just kept growing and looking at us. They didn’t have much time to get to know us but we loved them.

    Their passing leaves a tremendous hole in my heart. My consolation is in knowing that Jesus was right there at the accident and took them immediately. Jesus is also right beside Bowen and Hannah now. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as we move on. May the love of Christ protect your hearts and minds. May you all feel His presence as He holds all of you in the palm of His hand and shelters you under His wing. May God be gracious to you and grand you peace, now and always.

    Blessings and love to all.

  • Bowen & Hannah

    I was fortunate to get acquainted with Deb at the Delaware NRCS office. She was a lady full of energy. I’m sure She and Dad will be looking down on the both of you. I hope in time you will be able to carry on their legacy of Happiness and Energy. Thinking of the both of you and your Family.

    Brian Skinner & Family

  • Hannah and Bowen – When our Sunday School class at First Baptist Church in Lancaster, PA learned about your loss we were devastated. We always looked forward to your visits here and marveled at how fast the two of you were growing up. Your parents were wonderful and we know that you will miss them. We are praying that you will carry with you everything that they taught you and that you will lean on Jesus for comfort and healing. We rejoice that they are now in the presence of the Lord and that one day we will be reunited with them. God Bless you both as you continue on your journey. Your brother and sisters in Christ- Tony , Eleanor, and Stephanie Heagy